Ipswich has a bright future, says hospital chief executive, as Star’s Have Your Say survey passes 500 respondents

Nick Hulme, chief executive of Ipswich Hospital

Nick Hulme, chief executive of Ipswich Hospital - Credit: Archant

That is the view of Ipswich Hospital’s chief executive Nick Hulme today, as he added his voice to a survey run by the Ipswich Star asking for people’s opinions on the town.

More than 570 people have so far responded to the have Your Say questionnaire since it was launched on Monday.

Under the health category of the survey, almost 60% of respondents felt the care at Ipswich Hospital was excellent or good.

A total of 57% have so far rated their GP service as excellent or good, while more than 40% claimed they have not used the GP out of hours service.

Giving his thoughts on the town in general, Mr Hulme said: “I feel Ipswich faces a very bright and ambitious future.

“If we are going to have a Premier League football club and an independent university and of course the hospital, which is always improving and striving for the very best, we will all have great pride in our county town.”

In other statistics, almost 50% said they did not feel safe in the town centre and 48% of people believe crime has increased.

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According to the survey, one of the best parts of Ipswich is the town’s parks, while traffic flow has been criticised.

Yesterday, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: “What I and most people I talk to believe is that we need to sort out our town centre, our transport and our schools. If we can do all three, the town’s prospects will look very good indeed.”

David Ellesmere, Labour candidate for the General Election and Ipswich Borough Council leader, added: “There’s a lot going on and we are able to punch above our weight when attracting big name stars.”

Our ‘Have Your Say’ survey gives you a chance to have your say on the town – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Since its launch on Monday, hundreds of people have answered our questionnaire online and by post.

The questionnaire asks for your views on a broad range of topics, from education, transport, shopping, employment, housing and health.

To have your say on Ipswich, you can fill in the questionnaire on Pages 28-29 of today’s newspaper or, alternatively, you can visit http://ipswichsay2015.questionpro.com